Archive for May, 2011

Hail and Farewell! Posted by on May 31, 2011

In the U.S. yesterday was Memorial Day, which was a day to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. For the U.S. Army and Navy, there is a special celebration called a “Hail and Farewell”. The “Hail and Farewell” is a formal dining celebration where old commanders are…

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Interesting ancient Roman Names Posted by on May 29, 2011

Some people associate Latin names as being dignified and belonging to an aristocratic class. However that’s not always the case. There are quite a few funny and interesting Latin names that are bound to make anyone giggle. For example there’s the name ‘Ahala’ and it means ‘armpit’. [Commonly used in the Servilia Clan] Flaccus =…

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Answers to Latin Roots Posted by on May 26, 2011

Here are the answers to the post on Latin roots that was posted on April 15th. The post dealt with Latin words that have the same root, but differ in meaning from each other. The words in brackets refer to English words that originate from these Latin root words. (1) ar- (a) arāre (plow, till)…

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Learning Latin By Reading Stories Posted by on May 24, 2011

There are so many Latin language books that teach grammar and vocabulary through a series of chapters in the style of a language learning textbook. Some people find this method of learning Latin boring. There’s a book called Fairy Tales in Latin: Fabulae Mirabiles by Victor Barocas. This Book teaches Latin by storytelling. One of…

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Educational Videos on Ancient Rome Posted by on May 22, 2011

Did you know that YouTube is a good place to spend your hours learning about various aspects of the ancient Romans and the civilization in which they lived? For instance you can learn about how slaves and gladiators lived in a video by the History Channel called “Life and Death in Rome – Gladiators and…

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Answers to the Lines from the Great Ancient Roman Authors Posted by on May 19, 2011

Hope you’ve had some time to think about these ancient Roman poets and authors. It’s now time to figure out what these quotes mean and who said them. (1) “Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano” is by the satirist Juvenal. It means “It is to be prayed that the mind be sound…

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Lines from the Great Ancient Roman Authors Posted by on May 15, 2011

The lines from various poetry, literature, satire and epigrams from ancient Roman poets and writers are still quoted today. How well do you know your ancient Roman authors? Can you guess what some of the quotes mean and who said them? (1)   “Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano” (2)  “Omnia vincit amor…

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